This is the debut album from the Chargers' offensive lineman, and it features Barksdale on vocals and the guitar. He is much more advanced on the guitar than he is as a singer, but most of the issues with the lack of polish in his voice are well masked by featured singers singing along. While … Continue reading Joe Barksdale – Butterflies, Rainbows & Moonbeams
P-Funk Live combines musicianship and spectacle better than anyone. They released a line album in 1977, but to really get the full experience, I linked a video of a performance from the same tour. If Curtis-Mayfield-In-An-Intimate-Jazz-Club isn't my #1 dream concert, mid-70s P-Funk is. Parliament - Live: P Funk Earth Tour YouTube Link
Curtis Mayfield at a small, intimate jazz club might be #1 on my dream concerts list. Direct your ears to how much these songs sound like their studio version. Curtis' songs always had sort of a live feel to them, and the band is so tight that this doesn't feel like it's possible that this … Continue reading Curtis Mayfield – Curtis/Live!
There's a couple of things I'll direct your ears to in this album: 1. When Bill talks to the crowd in between songs, you get the sense that he observes life the way a stand-up comedian does. Instead of turning those observations into jokes, he uses them to add another level of sincerity into his … Continue reading Bill Withers – Live At Carnegie Hall
I'm gonna post a few live albums this week, since I've only posted one, I think. What it will essentially amount to is a list of concerts that make me wish time travel was possible so I could go back and see them. The first one is the Ohio Players' "Live 1977." I saw them … Continue reading Ohio Players – Live 1977
I know I mentioned this along with the Kendrick Lamar album in the last post, but I want to really dive into it. To me, this is one of the best soundtracks released in the last decade or two, and its composer is one of the best musicians alive. This review is only going to … Continue reading Black Panther Original Soundtrack
If you guys didn't know, I'm a huge super hero movie nerd. I've been excited for the Black Panther solo movie since I saw him in the Civil War trailer. But this isn't about the movie. Two albums were released in conjunction with the movie, and both are worth your time, although neither really fit … Continue reading Black Panther Everything